Included with your conference registration is the opportunity for one individual session with a literary agent and one consultation session with a writing expert. These are optional sessions, which must be scheduled in advance, unless otherwise announced.
These appointments are not transferable to others and no one can have more than one agent meeting and one writing expert consultation.
When you register for the conference you will be able to select your first, second, and third choices for agents and for a writing expert. We will send you further information about scheduling by late summer. Please do not contact us with questions about scheduling until after that time. These individual meetings are assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis and may fill up. Early registration is recommended to ensure you can take advantage of these opportunities.
Thirty minutes before your meeting is scheduled, please report to the check-in desk at room E11B, and let the volunteers know you’re present for your meeting. One-on-one meetings are limited to eight minutes. The meetings with writing experts are sixteen minutes.
If you are on the wait list, please check in at the one-on-one desk outside E11B when you arrive and let the volunteers know the best way to contact you if a slot becomes available. Checking in is the only way for us to know if we should keep you on the wait list.
Jessica Felleman represents fun pop culture non-fiction, popular science, history, and psychology, as well as contemporary literary memoirs, graphic novels, commercial and literary fiction, historical fiction, and fiction that balances on the edge of genre—especially science fiction and fantasy. She loves fresh stories about magic, family, everyday people doing extraordinary things, and unforgettable places. Jessica began working at Foundry Literary + Media in 2015, where she is actively building her list. @jmfelleman
Becoming an agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged for a book because it “had a hard cover.” Moe Ferrara had a difficult time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike when she was growing up and instead tackled her mom’s romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit–she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various publishing jobs–Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent and their subsidiary rights director. @inthesestones
Moe is interested in books for middle grade, young adult, and adult readers in most genres–especially science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, and light horror. The right contemporary or paranormal romance (sans-vampires of course) will spark her interest. She’s LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back pocket! At this time she’s not looking for nonfiction, women’s fiction, or cozy mysteries.
Dara Kaye is an agent and foreign rights director at Ross Yoon, a DC-based agency known for collaborative editing and award-winning adult nonfiction. Currently open to narrative nonfiction and scifi/fantasy, Dara is seeking projects that amplify underrepresented voices and thrive on unexpected intersections of styles and topics.
Before joining Ross Yoon, Dara spent two years in South Korea on a Fulbright fellowship teaching English and researching the history of Shakespeare in Korea. @darakaye.
Chad Luibl is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Previously he has worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and overseas as an ESL teacher in Hungary and Poland. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. @chad_luibl
Chad is looking for stories that hit that sweet-spot between genre and literary–stories that offer nuanced perspectives and fast, imaginative plots (see Benjamin Percy’s Thrill Me for more on that criteria), and aren’t afraid to bend the rules a bit. He leans more toward darker tales and gritty settings, multicultural and diverse perspectives, structures that are sometimes a bit experimental, and always stories with a strong emotional core. Having lived in Poland and Hungary, he has a niche-interest in books that feel Eastern European in voice/perspective (or explore post-Soviet and Cold War themes), and he finds anything that deals with exile and expatriation immediately arresting. He also loves a good, smart, literary horror.
Beth Phelan has been working in literary agencies since 2010, holding positions at Scott Waxman Agency, Morhaim Literary, and The Bent Agency, before landing at Gallt & Zacker in late 2017. She represents mainly middle-grade and young adult fiction and gravitates toward stories and characters that inspire, and anything with a touch of humor and the bittersweet. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized voices. @beth_phelan
Rebecca Scherer began her publishing career at the Jane Rotrosen Agency in 2012 after earning a BA in English Literature, Political Science, and German from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. At JRA, she was offered the unique opportunity to work within each agency department to gain a deep understanding of the business before going on to become an agent. She represents commercial fiction across genres, with particular interest in women’s fiction, crime/mystery, suspense, book club fiction, and upmarket/literary-leaning fiction. @RebeccaLScherer
Latoya C. Smith
Latoya C. Smith has over a decade of editorial experience, having worked for publishers such as Teri Woods Publishing, Kensington Publishing, Grand Central Publishing, and Samhain Publishing. She is the winner of numerous awards and provides editorial services and representation through her company, LCS Literary Services. @GlamEditor_Girl
Latoya is seeking romance, erotica, erotic fiction, women’s fiction, women’s thriller, LGBTQ romance and erotic fiction, along with advice/how-to/memoir submissions. Latoya tends to shy away from sci-fi/fantasy, historical, steampunk, and urban fantasy, however, if she happens to fall in with projects within those genres, she is happy to represent them.
We’re offering a special opportunity for writers to consult with one of these writing experts about your work:
Phaedra Hise is a lifelong journalist who started her career at Inc Magazine. She has written five books, and has worked with national publications including Fortune, Popular Mechanics, Glamour, and the Wall Street Journal. Phaedra currently works in brand publishing and heads the content department for Legacy Navigator. She also writes regularly about food, and lives in Richmond, VA, with her family. @hiphaedra
Phaedra will offer feedback on your article idea or written pitch, help you brainstorm possible markets, and give you expert tips to prepare your pitch to send off to editors. If you have a written pitch, please arrive with two copies.
Dean King is the author of The Feud, which the WSJ called, “popular history as it ought to be written,” and nine other books. His national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara was translated into ten languages and optioned by Steven Spielberg. Dean is the chief story teller of two History Channel documentaries and a producer of its unscripted series Hatfields and McCoys. His writing appears in Esquire, Granta, Outside, and The New York Times. @deanhking
Dean will offer feedback on the first page of your nonfiction manuscript and/or your nonfiction book proposal. Please arrive with two copies of your first page or proposal.
David L. Robbins
David L. Robbins began writing fiction in 1997 and has published fourteen novels, with repeated visits to the NY Times best-seller list. He is also an award-winning screenwriter, essayist, and playwright. David is a founder of James River Writers; co-founder of the Podium Foundation, which supports the practice of writing for Richmond area youth; and creator of The Mighty Pen Project, helping Virginia veterans turn their memories of service into written narratives. The Virginia Commission for the Arts named David one of the two Most Influential Literary Artists in the state for the last 50 years. @DavidLRobbins
Take advantage of this opportunity to hone your book’s first pages as David offers you his personal insights to help make your first pages shine. Please arrive with two copies of your first five pages.